Trojan catcher Luke Mueller stretches for the ball on a throw to home as the Pirate runner races toward home place Monday night.(Photo by Becky Walz)
Trojan catcher Luke Mueller stretches for the ball on a throw to home as the Pirate runner races toward home place Monday night.(Photo by Becky Walz)

The Turkey Valley baseball team (2-13, 2-4 UIC) finally got in the win column sweeping Postville at home Monday night, followed up by a non-conference loss to Oelwein.

First wins

The Trojans got the monkey off their back with their first victories of the season Monday at home in a UIC sweep over Postville, 12-2 and 12-11.

In game one, Postville took advantage of several Trojan errors to push runners across home plate and left two more Pirates in scoring position in the second inning. TV quickly recovered with back-to-back walks to Kalvin Langreck and Seth Huinker. An Elliott Dietzenbach single, followed by a Simon Schmitt double gave the Trojans the lead. Not done yet, the Red and Black scored two more times to lead 5-2. 

The bats were quieter for both squads in the third and fourth frame, before TV raced around the bases again to score five more runs on three walks, two singles and a double. Postville surrendered two runs in the sixth frame to give the Trojans the 12-2 win.

“Elliott Dietzenbach pitched really well and we got the bats going to give us a good start to the week,” said Coach Dan Stepan.

Going the six innings on the hill, Dietzenbach recorded eight strikeouts.

It was a 15-hit offensive attack for TV as Simon Schmitt led the way with a 3-for-4 effort with two doubles, two RBI and two stolen bases. Eli Nymeyer also went 3-for-4 with two doubles, driving in three runs and stealing one base. Kannon Leuenberger was 3-for-3 at the plate with a double and an RBI, while Dietzenbach helped his own cause with a trio of singles with three runs scored and an RBI. Freshman Garrett Kurtenbach had the Trojan’s other double of the game.

Postville was warmed up for game two, making use of its on-base opportunities to lead 11-7 entering the bottom of the seventh. The Trojans fired back, scoring four runs in their final at-bat to secure the 12-11 victory.

“This was a good comeback win for the boys as many of different players stepped in to help with the victories. We will look to keep this momentum going,” said Coach Stepan.

Turkey Valley collected 17 hits in the contest. Kurtenback had three of them with two RBI, while Nymeyer went 3-for-5 in the batter’s box. Collecting two hits apiece were Dietzenbach, Schmitt, Leuenberger, Langreck and Seth Huinker.


Ten hits by the Oelwein baseball team (12-7) was too much for the Turkey Valley to overcome Tuesday night at home as the Trojans fell, 12-2.

The visiting Huskies knocked in two runs in the second and fourth innings and extended their lead with four runs in the fifth and sixth frames.

The Red and Black had five hits, all singles by Kannon Leuenberger, Eli Nymeyer, Kalvin Langreck, Kade Kruse and Cole Vrzak.


Coming up

Wednesday, the Trojans competed against Crestwood on the road and Saturday, June 22, Turkey Valley is hosting four teams of the North Fayette Valley tournament in competition.